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Captain's log, stardate 45638.2. A scan of a long-lost pleasure cruise that exited Earth in the late twenty-first century has yielded some fascinating archaeological findings. In addition to a pair of primitive foot coverings that Commander Data identified as "Converse All-Stars," a complete and mint-condition collection of the classic mythological saga known as Animorphs, and a small, vibrating "Furby" that Mister Worf immediately eviscerated, we have discovered a piece of anachronistic human technology.

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The device is called an El Gee Geewatch, and in itself is not notable - it's one of many artifacts that runs the Android operating system, an early precursor to Soong-type positronic matrices. But the time readout featured in one of its internal programs, the "Starwatch," is eerily similar to the LCARS display terminals on our own computers. Indeed, the 24-hour timekeeping standard is recognizable and analogous to the 24-hour clock kept on all Starfleet vessels, though the Gregorian calendar readout and something called Unix Time are not particularly useful to us. Commander La Forge informs me that this program was published on the Google Play Store in the early twenty-first century, and was available for installation without purchase. We are investigating possible time anomalies to explain the software's visual similarities to current technology.

In less notable news, one of the mummified inhabitants of the cruise has been re-animated via a subspace triolic wave initiated by a malfunctioning self-sealing stem bolt. The corpse seems to be attracted to Lieutenant Barclay, though whether it wishes to eat him or merely enjoy his companionship isn't clear. I've assigned Counselor Troi to oversee the matter - with any luck, they'll both be distracted from their usual disruptive tendencies. End recording.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • nxtiak

    Boom, done.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft
    • Michael Fontenot

      I'm just taking both of these home. You know... For when I actually get my moto 360.

  • kabloink

    Any bets how long it will take for this to get pulled due to a DMCA.

    • nxtiak

      None. Plenty of LCARS watchfaces on Pebble and they haven't been taken down/banned while others (Tokyo Flash looking watchfaces) have.

    • archercc

      That franchise has always let people pay homage to it, they haven't been as uptight as others. Probably smartly too since it relies on the geeks to remain relevant.

  • Kolok

    Best writeup ever

  • nxtiak

    Some bugs with the watchface on 12hr clock.
    The AM/PM symbol is off center and barely visible on the left side.

    • Fellwalker

      Because you're supposed to use the 24 hour setting, which does not need am and pm indicators.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/pamela-hill/ Pamela Hill

    BEST POST EVER!!

  • atlouiedog

    Can I change "OK Google" to "Computer" or maybe "Hello Computer" if I happen to be voyaging home?

    • pfmiller

      Just "Computer" wouldn't be good as a trigger word. Too likely to result in unintentional activations.

    • JackPackage

      I always wanted to change it to "Jarvis". Would be awesome :D

    • New_Guy

      No joke, I've have been waiting and waiting for Google to either add custom hotwords or for a viable 3rd party voice command app to come around just so I can start saying "Computer" to my phone.

      • http://thegumshoe.com/ Michael Crider

        I've been waiting on just that for years, ever since they started with Voice Actions. I'd train it to respond to "Computah" for the authentic Patrick Stewart experience.

        • New_Guy

          Imagine: "Computah...how's the traffic on the way home?" "Slight delay due to a traffic incident on the I-15 North. Estimated time is 36 minutes."

          Please!!!

          • Michael Fontenot

            Ok. You guys need to stop playing with me. I feel very well teased about my lack of the latest and greatest I'll get it when it arrives.

    • Michael Fontenot

      Stop. I can only geek out so much!

  • nxtiak

    Anyone know why on 3rd party watchfaces, the notifications that show up on top of the watchface are HUGE compared to built in watchfaces?

  • Godspoken

    This kinda makes me want a smartwatch before the Moto 360 lol.

    • Tiuri Elvander

      I know, me too!!

    • Michael Fontenot

      I really want a round Smartwatch. The other wrist has a fitness tracker on it. =(

  • Rob

    Here's to hoping that Lt. Barclay gets eaten by the reanimated zombie. LOL.

  • DW Duck

    Awesome post! Now you're talking trek tech

  • Joe

    Awesome write-up plus an Animorphs mention. Well done

  • Zewks

    I want this for my droid phone.

  • Firmino

    Android Police, i love you!
    *no homo*

  • http://www.about.me/kendallseabury Kendall Seabury

    Damnit, Broccoli...

  • NF

    There's so many cool watch faces, but I can only use one at a time... I think we need Muzei for watches.

  • NF

    In terms of ui, it's interesting to see how much that fits in today's design patterns.

  • Badouken

    Make it so!

  • https://github.com/adefran83 Anthony DeFrancesco

    for some strange reason, i can't get this to install on the watch... It installs just fine through the play store but it doens't show up on the watch. I've tried restarting the watch, syncing apps, disconnecting and connecting to the watch again. Anyone else have this problem?

    • Jason Bourne

      Try uninstalling the app and reinstalling the app from GPlay.

  • Eric J. Peterson

    Well written.

  • Jeff Weatherup

    I read that entire thing in my mind in Jean-Luc Picard's voice. I think smart watches are completely superfluous....but if, for whatever reason, I were to ever get one, I would install this instantly.

  • New_Guy

    About halfway through the first paragraph, Jean-Luc's voice kicked in and I could not stop reading it, if only for nostalgia's sake.

    That may be the best post I've ever read!

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  • DrakeTungsten

    I wonder if this app will disappear due to being legal noticed by Viacom like the Tricorder app was.

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